Bergen and its harbour are surrounded by seven mountains, each with many trails that snake up and down the slopes and along peaks and ridges. You can take a privately guided hike in the mountains with an expert local who can help you appreciate this vital part of Bergen life, as well as give you a chance to enjoy the local landscape.
Norway’s weather is known to be mercurial, so your exact route will depend on the conditions of the day as well as your preferences. Popular destinations include Mount Ulriken or Mount Fløyen, which you can reach via a funicular from the heart of the city.
Regardless of which mountain you choose, you’ll enjoy expansive views of the city, the sea and the nearby fjords. Along the way, your guide can illuminate the region’s natural history, offering insight into the birds, plants, animals and geology you’ll see.
Your driver and guide will meet you at your hotel. You’ll discuss your personal preferences and together you’ll decide on a destination. The area around the city is rife with trails for every level of ability, so you’ll have a wealth of choice.
If you’re looking for an easy hike, you might consider taking the funicular to Mount Fløyen, where you’ll find a plethora of gentle paths. Many hikers with small children make for Brushytten cabin — the well-signed path is only 2 km (a little over a mile) long and the cabin is often open in summer, selling coffee and hot chocolate. Another popular, easy destination is Lake Skomakerdiket, a mirror-like glacial lake.
More experienced hikers might make the five-hour trek from Fløyen’s funicular station to the cable car on nearby Mount Ulriken. The trail is largely on exposed ground, but the views are impressive. To the west of the city, Mount Damsgård and Mount Lovstakken offer quieter trails.
Regardless of where you choose to walk, your local guide can help you navigate. Additionally, they’ll offer a commentary on the plants, animals and topography you’ll encounter along the way. At the end of the hike, you’re likely to come away with a deeper and more intimate appreciation of Norway’s natural beauty.